Julian Ichim appears as council before Deputy Justice Sebastian Winny

I was lounging with my girlfriend, Amanda, after she finished working night shift. Her phone received a text from Diane Berkeley, informing us that Julian Ichim had requested a bench warrant for me to appear as a witness for Betty McCabe.  I was aware that my review of Pino’s Salon & Medispa had been entered as an exhibit in Betty’s small claim against Diane, but I did not identify Betty as the masseuse, or Diane as her boyfriends’ ex. Diane had a falling out with Betty and Francis Dean, after they tried crawling into bed with her, naked.

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Betty’s plaintiff claim was delivered to my residence, which I assumed was due to it being Diane’s last known address. I tried calling the court house, but was unable to reach the manager of court operations. Court staff couldn’t access the file, because it was before the court. I decided to would be best to go down and enter the court room, which was in session, and told staff that I would be asking the Justice directly (in order to get to the bottom of this rumor that a bench warrant had been issued for me). Staff requested that we first take a number at the civil counter before doing so. I was accompanied by Amanda, Wolfgang (my emotional support animal), and two staff members. Court staff wrote the Deputy Justice a note explaining that I was not served a summons, and was under the impression that a bench warrant had been issued for me to appear as a witness.

The Deputy Justice asked why my message was being delivered in a way that it would not appear on record, and read the note aloud. I asked if he had in fact issued a bench warrant for me to appear as a witness, and was told that was just a rumor. I said that I was sick of this piece of shit (referring to Ichim) and wanted nothing to do with either party. (I also mentioned that I have a submission to the law society of Upper Canada regarding the representation I had from Julian’s sister, Gloria.) Winny said it was clear I had issue with council, and asked Ichim if he still wanted me to appear as a witness. Betty nodded, and Julian reluctantly said that his client wished to proceed. I said that she wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, and saw Winny restrain his amusement.

Julian was directed to finish questioning Diane, who was still on the stand, waiting for cross examination to continue. Winny kept asking the reasoning for Julian’s questions, and indicated that his line of questioning was irrelevant. When asked why I was being called as a witness, Julian’s rambling response wasn’t enough to convince Winny to allow me to take the stand. I was told that Julian was planning to use me as a witness to testify against Diane. Betty and Julian apparently claimed that I had a sexual relationship with Diane, and that the $5000 that Diane loaned to Betty was a gift. I left right after Winny told Julian to stop trying to play lawyer, because he is uneducated and clearly unfamiliar with the process. Ruling was in favour of Diane Berkely, and Betty was ordered to pay back the loan (with an extra $750 on top). Guess she should have taken the offer to settle.

As a side note, Deputy Justice Sebastian Winny was the one who ruled against me when I tried holding Constable Ryan Thomas accountable for his excessive use of force during the course of my arrest in the lobby of Family and Children’s Services. Winny accepted the officers versions of events, though Constable Ashley Dietrich clearly perjured herself as a witness (recanting false evidence during cross examination, previously entered to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director and Crown’s disclosure in Mental Health Court). I owe $1200 in legal fees to the officer who struck me after I placed both hands behind my back, based on his perception that I “could have” been assaultive. Unable to find legal advice, I tried to self represent an appeal of Winny’s decision, focusing on the inconsistencies, but failed proceduraly.

That was the appeal Julian’s sister, Gloria Ichim, interrupted in order to bring me down to criminal court. Julian hired Gloria on my behalf. She had amalgamated charges against my wishes, and advised me to enter a guilty plea. The separate charges were; mischief under $5000 for pouring jam on the lion and lamb at WRPS North Division, and uttering threats to Constable Cox over the phone (when he refused to respond to the contractor next door trespassing and threatening to make sure I’d never see my children again). I wanted to enter the plea for the “heinous act of mischief,” but intended to go to trial for “uttering threats to cause the death of my landlord.” Gloria wouldn’t represent me at trial because the crown wanted me to go to jail. I needed to finish the last 4 classes in the culinary management program at Conestoga, in order to complete my second career contract (which I had obtained through CMHA’s Bridging Employment Supports).  Gloria went from telling me she would get me off the jam charge, to preventing me from exercising my right to a fair trial. I later learned trial had actually been scheduled for the day after, and wanted assistance withdrawing the plea so I could attempt to self represent. Gloria collected legal aid for assisting me in entering the plea, but told me she wasn’t my lawyer anymore. I filed a charter challenge to appeal the summary conviction, and was told there was no merit to my appeal because I knew what I was doing when entering the plea.  I’ve submitted a complaint to the Law Society of Upper Canada regarding Ichim’s representation. Should have a response by the end of the month.



Justice Allen refuses to issue fines to schizophrenic alcoholics

Sitting in court room 105 this morning, Justice Allen was heard telling the Crown that if it was unconstitutional for one victim surcharge fine, all were, and none would be granted today. The Crown indicated that he would still be asking for each individually for the remainder of the matters, and suggested the Justice may, or may not, have opposition when he goes to Ottawa

over the course of the morning, 4 people were sent back and fourth in custody because of missing informations.

Justice Allen told the crown it was his responsibility to make sure the paperwork was there. The Crown said he didn’t have access to the court records. The Justice told him he could go make them do their jobs. The Crown asked for an order requesting the documents. Justice Allen yelled that he didn’t need to issue an order for paperwork that is required for the proceedings

He said if anyone else appeared before him and didn’t have papers, they would walk.



Cannabis Lounges in KW?

ACCASource: Cannabis Lounges in KW?

Alternative Cannabis Consumption Awareness


Misinformation is dangerous. Reefer madness has taken on new forms for corporate interest, and former sources of information considered to be an authority in substance use, are being questioned. A racist brochure, created by Trellis Mental Health and Developmental Services, somehow made it’s way to the information desk at Canadian Mental Health Association.  St. Mary’s Addictions Services in Kitchener, was telling people in attendance for drug counseling a testimonial about; a friend of a friend who knew a guy that overdosed and died from THC, after eating a pot brownie at a party. When asked to site their sources, the so called professionals who became defensive, revealed their ignorance.  With legalization looming, the need for credible education is desperate.

About 4-5 months ago, Cory Orr and Tony Millar, founders of Alternative Cannabis Consumption Awareness (ACCA), sparked some interest at 44 Gaukel. The two were referred to the Waterloo Region Small Business Center, where they connected with small business advisor Rob Clemet. WRSBC board of directors voted on ACCA’s application for funding, and came to a 50/50 split decision. Special thanks goes out to Rob, for advocating on on Tony and Cory’s behalf. ACCA is to be the first cannabis related business, approved for a grant!

The City of Kitchener hasn’t been very responsive to those seeking permits to offer safe access to cannabis, or lounges for consumption. Dispensaries that operated within the region were threatened with fines. Some closed their doors, while others continued to supply patients until they were raided.  Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi warns “If you operate one of these facilities, consider yourself on notice,” yet the “offense of compassion” clearly has public support.  Justices tasked with sentencing  the owners of these facilities are giving absolute discharges. Licensed Producers under the ACMPR have been recalling product mailed to patients, while those seeking access from dispensaries are pushed back into the black market.

Grey market dispensaries, like the Toronto Compassion Club, have been managing physician prescribed access to medical marijuana since 1997. The majority of public safety concerns stem from both a lack of understanding, and implementation of the values which created these grey markets in the first place. ACCA believes that craft cannabis has a place in the market, but does feel the need to advise the public of any lingering concerns. Last summer, The Globe and Mail investigated products being supplied to patients at 9 dispensaries in Toronto. The results were not what most would expect. Lisa Campbell, chairwoman of Women Grow Toronto, told VICE she’s hoping there will be a constructive conversation about regulating recreational versus medical dispensaries instead of having knee-jerk policies put in place. Norml Canada declares that the criminal prohibition of the cultivation and use of cannabis is no longer the most suitable measure for protecting public health and welfare and preventing the diversion of drugs into illicit traffic.

ACCA’s primary goal is to educate the public, and acknowledge there is good and bad everywhere. “Everyone wants it (a lounge), but no one wants their name on it.” Court decisions continue upholding patients rights, while the The Minister of Health claims the government needs more time to work on designing an appropriate regulatory system to develop and implement regulations.  ACCA acknowledges information provided by Health Canada is updated regularly, and cite current publications in order to maintain credibility.

Professor David Hammond at the University of Waterloo, has been a great resource for ACCA, with his graduate and student supervision. Hammond, CIHR-PHAC Chair in Applied Public Health, focuses his research on chronic disease prevention and global health in the areas of tobacco control policy, health diets and obesity prevention, as well as harm reduction and drug policy. Professor Hammond is studying the effects of vaporizing cannabis, to better support students with related research interests in cannabis and harm reduction.

ACCA began hosting information sessions at UC Vape September 15th 2017. Edible Awareness , was inspired by Lisa Campbell’s presentation to the Toronto Business Licensing Committee, and R v Smith. Owen Smith, former head baker for the Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada, was acquitted of unlawful possession of marijuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking, after police found large amounts of cannabis-infused olive oil and cookies in his apartment. Smith argued that this was a fight against families, and that medical marijuana users should have the right to consume marijuana in other ways than smoking.  The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the R v Smith decision on edibles in 2015. Surprisingly, edibles were originally excluded from the legalization plans for July 2018. Last week, Canada’s standing committee on health voted to amend Bill C-45, the bill that will eventually legalize cannabis for all Canadians. The first amendment was the inclusion of edibles no later than 12 months after legalization has been enacted. The frivolous 100-cm height limit on the four plants Canadians will be allowed to grow at home was also dismissed. ACCA hosted guest speakers from Magical Butter and the Green Market, as well as Charlene Freedom, who discussed the topical application of cannabis products.

The second information night, entitled Extract Awareness, included live demonstrations with a hydraulic rosin press by Rosin Arts and a live ice water extraction using Bubble Bags. These presses and bags will potentially be made available for rental in the near future.  Another partner, Blue River will be the supplier of terpenes. According to their website, Blue River offers the widest selection of award winning full spectrum essential oils naturally derived from whole plant cultivars. Their prices are based on grade, yield, and availability. These pure essential oil products are designed to be used as a diluent for aromatherapy and vaporization.

Cannabis Lounges and Activism, ACCA’S third installment of their ongoing mission to educate the public, drew some media attention. Jody Emery went into detail about her tireless efforts within political circles, while keeping Cannabis Culture Magazine alive following Marc Emery’s extradition. Jody worked diligently to keep things going while Marc served his time, but the Prince of Pot’s empire sounds as though it has seen better days. Abi Roach reminisced about when she started renting out a vapourizer back in 2003, to people looking for a place to consume their cannabis. The Hotbox Cafe in Toronto is celebrating it’s 14th year in operation. In the evenings “Hot Box Afterdark” hosts music and special events after 7pm. The Afterdark promotes itself as a great alternative to the bar scene. Abi spoke about how people need to consider what they’re advocating against, and that people shouldn’t have to get their pot from bikers.

Canna Relief, a product that soon to be on shelves at your local Shoppers Drug Mart, was available for sample.  The CBD drink is a specially formulated supplement containing a synergistic blend of vitamins, herbs, amino acids, and 20mg of pure CO2 extracted CBD derived from hemp stalk and seed. CannaSafety are confident that CannaRelief will help you control and manage THC anxiety so that you can safely and therapeutically benefit from your personal medicine.

Patients First Action Plan for Heath Care aims to bridge the gap for patients to Access, Connect, Inform, Protect. “Although dispensaries were not a focus of the parties’ submissions, I find Ms. Shaw’s evidence [as a representative of the dispensaries] to be extremely important as dispensaries are at the heart of cannabis access,” Justice Phelan, Reasons for Judgment (February 2016) Allard decision. “Municipalities seem to want to help, but don’t want to put themselves at risk” said Millar. Provinces are going to have to manage the regulatory aspects, but the proposed framework for new legislation does not leave room for the current market.  On their website, the Liberal Party says “We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.” New penalties would range from a simple police citation to 14 years behind bars, along with a “zero-tolerance approach” to drug-impaired driving, and a “robust” public awareness campaign.

John Howard Society, Perspectives on Canadian Drug Policy excerpt; Because there were no advocates for the treatment of drug users prior to the late 1950s, it was easy for enforcement-related interests to implement harsh anti-drug legislation. This also meant that although drug users were often thought of as “sick,” imprisonment was a priority over treatment (Blackwell 1988:163). In addition, because habitual drug use was associated mostly with Chinese immigrants, many Canadians felt they were “immune from the effects of harsh drug legislation” (Alexander 1990:32).

Canadians deserve evidence based harm reduction strategies. Alternative Cannabis Consumption Awareness is working with front runners in the early stages of a legal market, to provide the most up to date information, and in the near future, a place where the culture can thrive. Safe consumption sites will help integrate the shift in consciousness, as stigma is replaced by awareness.

WRPS reaction to witness comments

Vulnerable sector or no vulnerable sector, use of force will be initiated as a means of gaining compliance, for officer safety, whether criminal action or unwelcome comment


I went for a walk downtown the other morning to hand out some resumes, when I heard yelling out front of Money Mart. A homeless boy was being arrested. Rather than drop kicking those pigs, I asked the two cops on top of him why they needed to have their knees in his back.

Cst. Richard Dorling had just pulled up (in the blue gloves) and said I must be unfamiliar with arrest procedure… To which I replied; that’s assault. I was told if I didn’t fuck off I would be obstructing police. I asked how I was obstructing, while walking around to the other side of the cruiser. I started yelling that Waterloo Regional Police Service was assaulting a homeless kid. Cst. Dorling took a swipe at me, so I ran across the street and down to the gazz bar, figuring the jack boot thug was too lazy to follow. A tenant in the apartments across the street caught the following videos

I started looking in the open bay door of the Downtown Auto Center at 24 Gaukel, for someone to hand my resume to. I could hear the cruiser as it flew down the alley towards me, and sure enough, Cst. Dorling got out, immediately grabbing my arm. I asked what the fuck he was doing, as Cst. McCourt rode up on his bicycle to assist. The two constables began trying to trip me, as I stepped over their legs. I said I used to work at the Gazz Bar, and was trying to give my resume to the owner, Greg Pilecki.

Dorling said if I didn’t get on my knees, he would taze me. I dropped down to my knees and heard, “face down, now” as the two officers shoved. I started down slowly, and my head was slammed to the ground. Dorling shoved his fingers in my mouth, and accused me of trying to bite him, as I tried asking why the fuck he was shoving his fingers in my mouth. The cuffs were tightened, and i was put in the back of the cruiser. Dorling balled up my resumes, saying I would never work downtown again. 19477694_10158823092640398_1305581320550769780_o.jpg

I asked if the officers if they were familiar with OIPRD complaints;
or vulnerable sector registration;

(I registered vulnerable sector after it was recommended by F&CS, following the altercation in their lobby https://gregthorntonblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/may-4th-2012-oversight/)

I have nothing left to lose, and when I see an injustice, I will call it as I see it. I actually heard my phone ring from my property bag, and later found out it was my probation officer calling to set a date to terminate terms and conditions of my probation order.
(I have 5 months left for pouring jam on a statue in response to murder, and later “uttering threats” to an officer refusing to respond to a trespass and harassment.)

My name was run and my rights were read. I made it clear I was not denying my right to council. The prick marched me in to Central holding, announcing that he had a cop hater who wants to fight the police. I asked if I was being charged with assault. Dorling read charges of obstruction and cause disturbance. There was no peace to disturb, and I ran away after being told to vacate, so I’m not sure how I was obstructing an arrest at King and Water while being forced to the ground at Charles and Gaukel. I guess I’ll find out when I receive the disclosure, in August.

James, the homeless boy, was taken from the holding cell by paramedics to hospital.

In central holding, the water was not running to the cells. Two cups were brought to me, and I suggested that one be given to James (the homeless boy). The officer responded that what he needed was a hose. I suggested to the staff sergeant that James should be taken to a hospital, and was told they were trying to reach medical personnel, but had to go outside to use the radio, because the phones were down. Duty council said it took 25 min to get a call through, and I had to be walked to another room to use a phone. I was released on a promise to appear, went to CMHA to request mental health and justice support, then to the hospital to have my injuries documented. FTPimpunity







Information from Disclosure:
Officers claim I was enticing James Morgan, and apparently stated the he did not have to obey the officer’s commands, because he was being assaulted. “It became much more difficult to control the male once THORNTON became involved”.. Apparently I knew I was going to be arrested, and tried to run in to the mechanic shop. The officers claim to have both told me I was under arrest, and in response I was (allegedly) passive resistant by not allowing the officers to put my hands behind my back.

“…the safety of everyone involved was at risk due to civilians and vehicles up on platforms and dangerous tools around.” THE ONLY DANGEROUS TOOLS PRESENT WERE  THE ARMED LUNATICS CHASING PEOPLE DOWN THE STREET. (Greg Pelecki laughed picturing the image of me with the resumes in hand, getting thrown to the ground out of nowhere.)

The officers claim I did not comply. I did. The officers claim an arm-bar take down was ineffective, as well as the leg sweeps (which never work). At least it’s mentioned I didn’t make a move or gesture to assault either of them. They claim my resistance was the reason for the threat of the tazer. I think it’s because they realized they were not capable of physically manipulating me. It’s easier to comply WHEN A COMMAND IS GIVEN

I may or may not have tried to stand after being kneed in the rib, but it says nothing about the Nazi rapist shoving his gloved hands in my mouth….

*October 20th 2017; peace bond signed naming arresting officers and charges withdrawn.

OIPRD complaint before Guelph Police

Human Rights Complaint to be submitted


Joey Bornino The person who ratted on Greg Thornton.

WRPS informant
photo bomb

Joey gave me the lemon simple syrup base used in the jamming of the lion and lamb statue, then ratted me out for my civil act of disobedience (which was labeled a brazen act of mischief… meanwhile the officer who shot and killed Beau Baker was cleared of any wrong doing)

05/22/2014 1:17pm
Keith -hey can you go on the link i just posted and vote for my buddies song, were trying to get him into the top ten for the world

Greg- what song?

K-the one it takes you to called jhaydee by hrzn

G-k, done

K-thanks man


08/08/2014 3:59pm
G-want anything played on 100.3?

K-You work at a radio station?

G-came to be interviewed ended up here alone

K-Haha nice, but nah im not listening to the radio

G-i thought you were promoting a buddys music

K-Yeah its joeys music

G-ok.. he sent me a couple songs

K-Yea lol


Police would not have the power nor capacity to do harm to the cause without police informants who provide them with information, testimony and intelligence to carry out their dirty deeds. As such their is nothing more despicable then rat or an informant who sides with the state and throws his comrades in jail.In the case of Joey Bornino when police went to Conestoga College to interview people about the description of the clothing taken from the CCTV camera of the person who drenched the lion and lamb statue outside the police station he pointed out to the police that it was his fellow classmate who had those clothing and wrote a statement in which he condemned his fellow classmate with criminal charges. Despite the fact that this action was a political protest of the murder of a person by police he chose to side with the state and criminalize…

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A Day with my Emotional Support Animal


I was getting nervous about my meeting with Jenna Ferguson, so for the first time, I brought Wolfgang to court. The officer at the security entrance immediately told me I couldn’t bring a dog into the courthouse. I told him to take it up with my doctor. I was asked to provide the doctors note, which I did, while asking why that wasn’t the first question. My doctor gave me what I needed after being assaulted by Waterloo Regional Police Service after Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region Foundation entered false evidence in a child protection application (while imposing a no contact order.) I used the word ‘you’ which the officer took offense to. I corrected myself and said it was the badge he was wearing… it’s a little tarnished. The officer said he thought I was tying him up and changed my mind, so I held up the shoe string I had tied around Wolfgang’s neck, and said “he doesn’t like being tied up… this is for officer safety”….

The special constable who keeps givin me this rapey stare every time I come to court had his gloves on as usual. I asked him if he was ready to conduct a cavity search, to which he replied “always”. He got a little upset when I said his boyfriend must love him, and tossed the bin around with my belongings (that just came through the scanner.) I said he didn’t need to get so rough, and to stick to tossing salad.

walking into the court, I got a few stares from a bunch of fuckin goofs. I said “FUCK THE POLICE” while walkin to the manager of court operations office, where Jenna was bringing the amended transcript https://drive.google.com/open…

I sat on the couch with Wolfgang, and Jenna asked me to put my dog on the ground. I said he’s my support animal, and she walked into the office. An officer went in after her, and after a few minutes, came out asking me if Wolfgang could get off the couch. I said he only has 3 legs, and has back problems as it is. I just had him groomed, and his nails are trimmed, so he won’t cause any damage. The officer said it was up to the court, and I said we’ll let a judge decide. He walked out smiling.

Wolfgang kept me company while we waited for Jenna to get set up. I heard the hyenas laughing, and could see the half cocked smirk on Jenna’s face through the window. When she came out, she again asked for Wolfgang to go on the ground, but this time in the meeting room. I again explained that my emotional support animal is an amputee, and I didn’t want him laying directly on the ground. I asked if there was a pillow or blanket accessibility services could provide, if he had to be in the meeting room. She said she did not, but if he was my support animal he needed to be with me, but she is allergic to dog dander, and would like him on the ground. I started to explain where I was at, when the transcript was made. “My wife had been forced to leave with false evidence, I was assaulted by the police, and had to move to my mom’s, which was not a fenced in yard.. That was where Wolfgang was hit by the truck, and had to have his….

Jenna cut me off and said this is “her show” and I needed to listen to her if we were to get off on the right foot. I got agitated, and said it’s not a conversation if she isn’t willing to hear me out. She called for a special constable, who told me to listen. I said I wasn’t finished, and wouldn’t make my dog lay on the ground. I reached for a cushion off the couch we had been sitting on, and tossed it on the ground where Jenna specified she wanted Wolfgang.

The special constable grabbed me, and started shoving. I asked what the fuck he thought he was doing, and he said I was being a dick. I yelled in his face “NO, YOU’RE BEING A DICK, AND SHE’S BEING A CUNT” … some random guy comes in and goes “hey, I’m a dog guy too, but he can’t be on the furniture.  That’s for people”.. Two more officers and the rapey lookin special constable came in lookin to get in on the gang bang. “SO YOU WANT AN AMPUTEE TO GET ON THE GROUND? FINE, WOLFGANG, COME!” and Wolfgang pushed his way through the crowd to lay where I was pointing.

One officer actually told the special constable to let me do my thing, and they all walked out.

Jenna sat down, and the special constable told me to sit. I said I was too agitated to sit. Jenna said I didn’t have my listening ears on, and I asked where her bunny ears were. She asked if that was necessary, as the special constable again grabbed me and said to go. I asked where, he said outside. Jenna said all my stuff was in the meeting room, and I said I just wanted the corrected transcript I came for. She asked me if I wanted to hear the audio the Justice of the peace refuses to allow me to have a copy of. I asked if she had the corrections typed. Jenna tried to play with the words, and said that she herself had not typed the amendment, but had an official copy for me. I took the material, and was asked if I was taking my dog. Wolfgang came without me having to say a word, and I yelled “SEE, HE’S SMARTER THAN HALF YOUR FUCKING STAFF” as I walked out of the office.



I think they heard me this time

After leaving the court house, I brought the corrected transcript to CMHA Waterloo Wellington, and started off by telling reception I was already agitated. The receptionist and I have butt heads in the past (She told me I couldn’t prepare my medication in the lobby, and threatened to call the police on me for rolling a joint.. I was offended by her telling me to roll in the bathroom. That’s just unsanitary. Ever since I get this look like, ‘what rights are you going to stand up for today?’)

I snapped when she told me I couldn’t have a dog in the building. “I JUST WENT THROUGH THIS AT THE Waterloo Region Court House! “WHY DOESN’T ANYONE ASK IF I HAVE PAPERS IN THE FIRST PLACE, BEFORE TELLING ME HE’S NOT ALLOWED IN HERE”

The receptionist asked for the doctors note, which I provided, and asked to have added to my Health Information. She said I needed to be mindful of others, because I could traumatize them. I said this is my response to the trauma I’ve experienced at the hands of the system Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario utilizes. I said it would be cool if they actually used the information on file for treatment, but that’s right, THERE’S NO FUCKING TREATMENT!!!!! KEEP UP THE FUNDING!!!!

I stopped in at the Working Center to scan the materials. Staff was kind, patient, and friendly. They’ve met Wolfgang before, and there was another guy with a small breed on the phone, so Wolfgang got to say hi. Off to the park to enjoy the sunshine now. I’ll deal with my issues with David Woodbeck tomorrow…

the KEN TOOL at Google

to: http://www.lovejoyart.com/

I don’t know how much time you have to read through messages, so in short, I’m looking for the KENTOOL mentioned by Jesse Bauman in his blog. https://communityedition.ca/kens-world
The following is the complaint I wrote, and response I received, after making an attempt to find the image myself;

I have been trying to get an image of the hammer artist David LoveJoy had mounted to credit Ken Wilson for supplying the materials, when designing the Google building at 51 Breithaupt st, Kitchener.

“Ken’s amazing. We picked through [Store WOW] almost daily,” Lovejoy shared with me by e-mail. “On the workbench [also at Google] is a large steel mallet, manufactured by KENTOOL. I bought it from him and put it there in his honor. He was a godsend.” https://communityedition.ca/kens-world

Google image searches did not provide a picture, so I went to the google building in person to inquire. The first person I approached greeted me, but couldn’t understand what I was asking (having no knowledge of the architecture or artist). Another employee approached after I had the first employee search the community edition blog by Jesse Bauman from February 4th 2016. (see link above) I was getting frustrated because the person with the lap top was not scrolling the words, but merely the images. I kept saying the “artists name is in the text” and “look at the WORDS”…The employee kept hovering over the images and I was getting frustrated to say the least. The second employee was rude, and immediately told me she could not allow me access to the building. I never asked for access. I didn’t even have camera equipment (including a cell phone), and attempted to reiterate my efforts to find an image of the KENTOOL (for the Ken Wilson Story I’m trying to elaborate on https://gregthorntonblog.wordpress.com/…/the-ken-wilson-st…/)

A third employee approached, and my anxiety spiked. I said that I would leave the blog with the three of them to gain an understanding of what I was trying to achieve, and would return. When I came back (with Ken Wilson) none of the staff had reviewed the information. Wilson calmly explained his contribution to Lovejoy, and staff had no grasp of what we were saying. Ken moved on to a question about removing google services from his cell phone (as the 81 year old has no desire for google services on his mobile device) and I reiterated that I was simply trying to get proof of the workbench at Google, bearing the large steel mallet manufactured by Ken Wilson. I then asked for a customer complaint form, or where to submit my customer service concerns. The employee told me that none existed, and provided me with this email address, and (650) 253-0000 as a number to call. I said I was looking for information for the building we were standing in, and requested the employee provide her first name and position. The employee refused.

Sgt. Sue Jackson approached, and told me the employee did not need to provide that information. I asked where to submit a formal service complaint, and the comissionare claimed I could do so with her. I asked for Sue’s name and position (comissionaires Hamilton?), and tried to explain my efforts to obtain something that should come up in a Google image search. Sue cut me off, and asked if I wanted an answer to my question. I asked if the legal@google.com or the number provided by the employee satisfied my request. Sue called for backup. The guard I waived at came over, as I waited for the 5th person to address me.

Ken tried to interject, but I was asked to step outside, so I walked out the door. Sue asked if I wanted to know why I was getting the response I was getting, while the other guard asked Ken if there was anything they could do for him. Ken asked the male guard if he knew who Lovejoy was, and he did! I was busy yelling at Sue about the customer service, and how the email for legal was going to get me the answer I was looking for. Both guards entered the building, and stared through the glass door at Ken and I. Ken tried to calm me down, but I stormed off from the rage that built from the horrendous customer service (which clearly exacerbated my mood disorder.)

Could this message be forwarded to the appropriate personnel, with regard to the formal complaint and request for the KENTOOL image to be publicly accessible.

Thank you,

Greg Thornton


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March 27th- I went back to try asking someone about getting an image of the KENTOOL Jesse Bauman mentioned in his blog https://communityedition.ca/kens-world

I started off by explaining to Sgt. Sue Jackson that the email address I was provided by the staff to further the inquiry, is not monitored. Sue told me that wasn’t true, and they don’t just provide images to the public “This email address is not monitored and your email will not be read, responded to, or otherwise acted on.”

I mentioned there is a virtual tour online, but it doesn’t show the workbench with the steel mallet. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/google-canada-headquarters-kitchener-1.3404120

updates to follow


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Ken Wilson.. a biography (to be continued)

Writing about what I know about Ken, I wrote the Ken Wilson story… I’ve been unable to access the article I mentioned, from 2007, outside of the single laminated copy Ken has at the store ‘wow’. I reached out to KPL staff, who provided me an email with a link I can’t open. I will be trying to access the following pro quest link; Hayes, J. (2007, Feb 14). 15-hour days are his idea of retirement. The Record Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/267199861?accountid=48711

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15-hour days are his idea of retirement

Author: Hayes, Jackie

ProQuest document link


[Ken Wilson] says he moved to Kitchener to attend Emmanuel Bible School, graduating with a degree in theology in 1959. He married Jean Lonsberry, from whom he is now separated. They had three children and twins who died at birth. Ken still lives in the house he built in 1961.

Since retiring in 1991, he has salvaged many discarded pieces of furniture and restored them to their former beauty. He rebuilds broken pieces, removes old paint and varnish in a tank he designed himself, and is meticulous about lining up patterns in upholstered pieces.

Photo: DAVID BEBEE, RECORD STAFF / Ken Wilson still enjoys his work at a furniture-refinishing shop in Kitchener.

Full text:

Ken Wilson is a 140-pound ball of energy and empathy, who can move pianos by himself, helps young people who have gone astray of the law, and still works 14- to 16-hour days in “retirement.”

The 71-year-old opens the doors at The New Place, a refinishing and upholstering store in Kitchener, at 6:30 a.m. and is the last to leave, at 9 or 10 p.m.

He was born on a farm in Uxbridge, Ont., the sixth of seven sons, who were assigned jobs according to age and taught to do whatever they were capable of doing. On Sundays, they all went to church together.

“I grew up with a strong desire to accomplish things,” Ken said. “We were taught responsibility and were encouraged to serve others.”

When he was 12, there was a polio epidemic that took the life of a close friend and sent Ken to Riverdale Isolation Hospital in Toronto. There, he was given only a two per cent chance of survival.

He remembers making a bargain with God to dedicate himself to His service if he lived. Within six days he went home, the doctors marvelling at his recovery. Except for one infection, in 59 years, he has never been ill again.

Ken says he moved to Kitchener to attend Emmanuel Bible School, graduating with a degree in theology in 1959. He married Jean Lonsberry, from whom he is now separated. They had three children and twins who died at birth. Ken still lives in the house he built in 1961.

He has had a varied and successful selling career. While attending college, he sold Watkins products from door to door, then graduated to furniture and appliances.

He worked out of his garage originally, but when neighbours complained, he rented a building and became a franchised paint and wallpaper dealer.

Moving to another building, he sold TVs and stereos and expanded into carpeting and pianos. He recalls once owning eight stores throughout Ontario, gaining a reputation for finding a way to do things well whenever someone asked for a service. He said his wife maintained he could sell anything to anyone because he made them so excited about his goods.

“I get a thrill out of helping people. There is nothing anyone would ask me to do that I wouldn’t tackle,” Ken said.

Since retiring in 1991, he has salvaged many discarded pieces of furniture and restored them to their former beauty. He rebuilds broken pieces, removes old paint and varnish in a tank he designed himself, and is meticulous about lining up patterns in upholstered pieces.

He is familiar with the furniture produced here by well-known southern Ontario craftsmen and is proud to point out the solid woodwork and dovetailing features of the desks, cabinets and chairs that have been brought to him to be restored.

“I love the work and the people who come here,” Ken said, and it must be so, because he notes that he himself works without pay. “When they bring in a piece of furniture to refinish, I can hardly wait to take it apart.”

He is also well-known in local courts, where he tries to help young people being sentenced to turn their lives around.

“It makes me cry (to see them sent to jail),” Ken said. “I can’t support them financially, but I offer support in other ways.”

People also bring him excess cartons of food, which he distributes to needy seniors and families.

Most of all, he says, everyone needs the “4 As” — acceptance, approval, appreciation and affection. He gives these freely to all who cross his path.

Jackie Hayes is a Kitchener writer. Contact her at jackieh@golden.net.


Photo: DAVID BEBEE, RECORD STAFF / Ken Wilson still enjoys his work at a furniture-refinishing shop in Kitchener.

People: Wilson, Ken

Publication title: The Record; Kitchener, Ont.

Pages: C3

Number of pages: 0

Publication year: 2007

Publication date: Feb 14, 2007

Year: 2007

Section: LIFE

Publisher: Torstar Syndication Services, a Division of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited

Place of publication: Kitchener, Ont.

Country of publication: Canada

Publication subject: General Interest Periodicals–Canada

Source type: Newspapers

Language of publication: English

Document type: NEWSPAPER

ProQuest document ID: 267199861

Document URL: https://search.proquest.com/docview/267199861?accountid=48711

Copyright: (Copyright (c) 2007 The Record (Waterloo Region). All rightsreserved. )

Last updated: 2010-06-13

Database: Canadian Newsstream

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The Ken Wilson Story

I’ve never had a more symbiotic relationship with anyone. Ken Wilson is hands down the most generous, compassionate man I believe I have ever met. One morning, I over heard him saying to a customer that he would like for someone to write his life story. In the store wow, Ken has a laminated article from 2007, out of the KW record, featuring his furniture restoration business. I had never heard him speak of the publicity, even after coming across the article. Ken’s focus was on describing the materials he worked with and innovations he devised.  I was grateful when he humbly accepted my proposal to take on the project of capturing the last 81 years of this man’s incredible journey.

Ken Wilson was born in 1936. He has been a pillar of the Waterloo Region, spending his life serving The Lord. At the age of 12, Ken made a promise. If he recovered from polio, he would devote himself to God. Ken is a prime example of what it means to live Christ like. His radio dial is always set to 94.3 faith FM, but he is no preacher. Ken does not subscribe to any denomination, though he has materials available for those interested.

As an agnostic, I have nothing against those with faith, but after having lost my father, I have a hard time with the contradiction of faith holders telling me that; my father is looking down on me from heaven, while he’s supposed to be burning in hell for the mortal sin of “taking his own life”… Ken offered a book of scripture when I told him this, which I put in my bag after fanning the pages. Not another word was said. I offered Ken an 8×10 of the collage I made, from the pictures of me holding my son’s, the day each was born. He told me that I should always have the same smile on my face… like I did the day Shaun was born . Ken observed my expression 12/12/12, and was able to see that I had been “pushed.” I don’t fight for hate, but when all that I love is taken, I will stand my ground…. but I digress.


Back to Ken….

This senior citizen, who was still moving pianos around in his 70’s, says it feels as though he’s lost half his strength every decade since he was 60. At one time he was responsible for managing 8 locations, where he would refinish antique furniture. Many of the items he has in the store wow, were accumulated as part of estate sales, which Ken has been buying and selling most of his life. Regardless of his age, Ken is still capable of picking up anything he has on display in the STORE WOW. He maintains his drivers license, as his livelihood depends on his means of acquiring new items, and delivering those items to customers.

LRT construction has been detrimental to his flow of customers, and the Go train tracks being installed has almost cut off access to his current location entirely. http://app.kitchener.ca/road_closure/es_road_closure.asp

His rent in the store “wow” has come down significantly  since taking a unit on the Breithaupt side of the old Boehmer Box building. Ken’s been saying that he wants to be out of that building by the end of the month for the past year. With all the construction going on upstairs, the  dust coming down was coating everything that survived the leaking ceiling. Without getting too far into the details, his most recent relocation plan, was to set up shop in the Waterloo Flowers greenhouse just up Hwy 6. Unfortunately a few of the items I helped bring out by the truck load, have been burned by the current owner. One possible solution depends on finding a plot of land. Ken happens to have a 53′ insulated Erb transport trailer, which he would be willing to re-purpose as mobile mini homes. Both Ken and I have been in contact with Jennifer Murdoch, manager of housing programs, seeking a location and support to begin the project. Worth a second look has similar housing units, and I’ve reached out to the Working Center to make inquires with the facilitator.

The new Google Canada headquarters benefited greatly from Ken’s former store “wow” entrance being next door. Artist David Lovejoy (link under “recent work” tab) came by almost daily, finding unique items, which were utilized in his artistic design of the space. On the workbench at Google, sits a large steel mallet, manufactured by KENTOOL, which Lovejoy bought from Wilson, and placed there in his honour.

In the late 70’s, Ken introduced Slick 50 to Canada. Unfortunately, his kickbacks dried up when the brand was sold to Canadian Tire.
interesting tidbit about the brand; http://xcelplus.com.au/docs/jbishop1.htm

From 1960-61, Ken went door to door selling Jr. Watkin’s products. He maintains his intention to promote natural herbal remedies and supplements to this day, with Bell Lifestyle Products.   These products, which are generally part of multi level marketing or “pyramid schemes“, are in no way a get rich quick concept to Wilson. Ken’s overhead is almost too low, but he is  happiest living simply.

Ken’s doors are open to anyone in need, including those experiencing homelessness, or battling addictions. Ken told me he’s given his own food to people who are afraid to go to the community meal programs, because they’re afraid of “getting beat up”. I responded by saying that people shouldn’t be using drugs they can’t pay for. Ken just smiled, and changed the subject.

Ken is willing share his knowledge with anyone willing to learn. Those seeking a livelihood as a jack of all trades could take over some of the many projects he has on the go.  There’s rows of furniture which could be refinished, repaired, or reupholstered. Many of the electronics have been sent to missions in Africa, but there’s usually a set of speakers, or some component of something that could be put to use.

Utilizing community meal programs at Ray of Hope, St. Marks, and Laurentian Hills Christian School, Ken is able to keep his food cost under a dollar a day.  He has shown me resources like the Salvation Army, and left me to hold down the store “wow” so he could pick up extra hamper items for my boys and I at the House of Friendship.



For more information on community food supports and drop in meal programs, click here

contact numbers for emergency food hampers at the following link; http://www.thefoodbank.ca/en/aboutus/Emergency-Hampers.asp

annual reports; http://www.thefoodbank.ca/en/news/annual_reports.asp










corruption in privatization exposed


Waterloo Regional Police Service alternative facts are being confronted, on summary conviction appeal, for charges laid on a man suffering with multiple mental illnesses May 19th 2015. Greg Thornton had been directed by CMHA Waterloo Wellington here 24/7 crisis, to contact the police, in regard to his neighbour/contractor; trespassing, coercing, and threatening to make sure he would never see his children again.

Both WRPS and the contractor were aware of Thornton’s conditions and triggers. A joint custody application had been filed prior to the dispute, and has since been granted. Breaching the terms of his probation conditions, Thornton graduated the culinary management program at Conestoga College, Waterloo, after reducing his course load, in order to complete the remainder of the contract signed in October 2013 with Second Career Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities. All this was done while seeking oversight for the May 4th 2012 incident.

Thornton has also registered vulnerable sector, as advised by his former F&CS caseworker.

On Friday January 27th 2017, Ken Wilson went to Waterloo Region Court House, to support Thornton during his trial assignment court. Upon Ken’s arrival, shortly after 9 a.m., Thornton suggested Ken fill out an affidavit, which could serve as a character reference. (So Ken wouldn’t have to waste an entire day at the court house.)

Thornton asked the supervisor of accessibility services to commission the affidavit, which Ken had completed by 9:30 a.m. The supervisor directed Wilson and Thornton to the criminal counter, where the affidavit was to be commissioned. Thornton was getting anxious about not being in the room assignment court was being held in, though Mental Health and Justice were there to support.  Thornton decided to ask the presiding Justice to commission the affidavit.
When Thornton entered courtroom 201, there were no other matters waiting. Thornton approached the podium, and the crown asked Thornton to sit.  Thornton stood his ground, and the Crown signalled to security. Security asked Thornton to have a seat. Once Thornton was seated, his matter was called. (Audio disk to be ordered Monday.)
After being granted a trial date, Thornton requested Justice Gordon commission the affidavit, to which the Justice responded he was “unable to do so”… Thornton assumed this was due to Gordon being retired)
The presence of a special constable triggered some concerns Thornton had noted with WRPS. Thornton asked if the special constable used to be an officer. The special constable responded that he hails from England. Thornton advised that special constables in this region were typically former WRPS constables who had police services act violations, which no longer applied if they became special. Nothing against him. Thornton then asked his son if he had any questions for the officer, advising the officer and special constable that his oldest wants to be a police officer. (Thornton later informed his son that English police are called “bobbies”, and don’t carry firearms)
There are two offices by the criminal window, meant to serve the public, who need access to a Justice of the Peace. After one matter had been called, there was a stand still. At approximately 12:30 p.m., Thornton asked for a complaint form, and to speak with the new supervisor of court operations. Staff at the criminal counter was unsure if such a form even existed. Thornton told told the supervisor, who presented the form, that he needed to get to the soup kitchen before they stopped serving. Wilson, Thornton and his boys had been waiting since 9:30 a.m., just to have an affidavit commissioned. The supervisor began explaining the process, which Thornton advised he was aware of. Another staff member interjected, who Thornton had previous difficulties with. He told the other staff member that she was not involved, and he wanted to leave  “CUZ I’M FUCKIN HANGRY!”
Before leaving for St John’s Kitchen to have lunch with his two boys (ages 8 and 4), Thornton asked the officer who was present, if he could answer a question. The officer said they have to wait for affidavits too, which Thornton responded by asking if he was told to come wait in while off the clock. This WRPS constable got it. Held the door open for the Thornton family, and even thanked Greg  for being so articulate, in addition to filling out a formal complaint. 
Once Thornton had exited the criminal office, staff began speaking about him, not realizing Wilson was still waiting. Staff focused on the single swear word that was used. Ken approached the window, and said that anyone in their right mind would be upset with the level of service that had been provided. Staff informed the 80 year old man, who had been patiently waiting (as he had been told to by the supervisor of accessibility services) for over 4 hours, the court doesn’t have staff that is allowed to commission anything that goes against Waterloo Regional Police Service.

I guess they must not have read;

O. Reg. 382/07: Conflict of Interest Rules for Public Servants

under Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006, S.O. 2006, c. 35, Sched. A


Ken got on the phone with Daiene Vernile‘s office, who took note, and sent Ken to ServiceOntario to have the affidavit commissioned